We're asking for your help today to build healthy community food systems and increase food security for all.
A generous donor has offered to match every dollar up to $10,000 that we raise between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. We're almost there and only need $2500 more to meet the match.
Any amount will help. To donate go to http://www.farmerfoodshare.org/donate. Farmer Foodshare provides the much needed distribution infrastructure to bridge the gap between food insecure community members and the great food grown by local farmers.
Here's what your dollars will support:
- Providing over 85,000 pounds of top quality fresh and local food at eleven farmers markets to more than 20 nonprofit agencies that serve the hungry in six NC counties.
- Bringing low income children to farms and farmers markets in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and other communities.
- Developing the first alternative market (Pennies on the Pound Food Market) in the Triangle to connect nonprofits with local farm fresh food at the best prices possible while creating a new market opportunity for limited resource farmers.
- Bringing food, funds and business support (friends) to help social entrepreneurs start local food businesses in low access communities.
- Working with partners to advocate for sound state policies to support good food for all community members!
Photos by Kelly Breeze
We give LOCALLY!
Farmer Foodshare is almost all volunteer and community/farmer supported. You can earmark any donation, no matter how large or small to benefit your community of farmers or hunger relief agency. We are 100% collaborative, working only with agency partners. We work hard to ensure that we strengthen food systems work in all the communities, never duplicating the good work already in existence.
$10 buys a bag of fresh food for a child in our FreshKids! Farm to Afterschool program.
$100 buys 10 bags of fresh local food for families served by the local food pantries.
$500 brings 100 children to the Farmers Market and gives them money to learn how to shop for their own fresh local vegetables.
$1000 starts 4 new donation stations to get flows of fresh food going between local farmers and food insecure community members!
We are listed on Guidestar and are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. All donations are tax deductible and go to support food programs. For more information, or to see photos or videos of our work in action, please go to www.farmerfoodshare.org.
FARMER FOODSHARE AND TABLE BRING YEAR ROUND FRESH LOCAL FOOD TO CHILDREN AT RISK OF HUNGER
July 14, 2011 – Carrboro, NC – Farmer Foodshare and TABLE today announced the expansion of their new pilot program, Farm to TABLE to include over sixty food insecure children in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. The Farm to TABLE program provides fresh, delicious and healthy local food to children at risk of hunger in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The program is funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and supported by community donors and volunteers. The year-long program provides a weekly supply of fresh locally grown food to children at risk of hunger, and teaches cooking, canning and shopping skills to the children. The program is designed to increases children’s access to and familiarity with fresh local food, as well as to create long-lasting connections between local farmers, children and the community afterschool programs that serve food insecure children.
"One in four children in Carrboro and Chapel Hill are considered 'food insecure,'" said Joy MacVane, executive director of TABLE. "This means that they are not sure if they will have adequate food to meet their basic needs each day. This program provides much needed vegetables to children, as well as ensures that they develop a lifelong love of farm fresh food."
"We are delighted to be able to work with local farmers from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market and Eastern Carolina Organics to provide afterschool directors and children with a range of fresh and healthy food year round," said Margaret Gifford, founder and executive director, Farmer Foodshare.
The pilot program was launched in January and has provided weekly fresh food groceries to the children. Linden Thayer, doctoral student in UNC Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Intervention and Policy program, leads volunteers for the Farm to TABLE program who teach cooking skills to the children, preparing a range of fresh, seasonally available snacks such as kale chips and sweet potato fries. In July, some of the children came to the Carrboro Farmers’ Market to learn canning skills from April McGreger of Farmers’ Daughter Brand.
Linden Thayer reports that the children’s favorite fruit and vegetables include cucumbers, turnips and strawberries. Recipes range from “green pancakes” and strawberry yogurt parfaits to sweet potato baked fries. At the end of twelve months, the children and their families will have a full set of local foods recipes for their own use.
Farm to TABLE
The program is designed to both meet the immediate need for children to have access to fresh local food and to create a replicable model for other communities that are interested in increasing the accessibility and affordability of fresh local food, as well as strengthening connections between local farmers and children. In addition to ensuring that these children get access to fresh healthy food every week, TABLE, the children, and afterschool programs will create a recipe book of afterschool snacks based on local food available in central North Carolina. The children will visit local farms and learn how to shop at a farmers’ market. Participating farmers from the Triangle will be able to sign up on a website to post the availability of their produce and local buyers from this program and others will be able to order directly from the farmers.